Name and Rank, Staff Sergeant Artemio Irujo Ibea.
Unit/Placed in, 978th Signal Service Company, United States Army
Artemio was born approx. On 1907 in Malino, Philippine Islands.
Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.
Artemio entered the service from California with service number # 39535788.
Artemio I. Ibea was a Staff Sergeant in the 978th Signal Service Company.
Artemio was KIA when he was on Transport with the Submarine the U.S.S. Seawolf which was Sunk by Friendly Fire, on Oct. 4, 1944, and he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Army & Air Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Artemio is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,
National Capital Region, Philippines.
Thanks to, http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/ibea-a-i.htm
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
S/Sgt Ibea and the other men of the 978th Signal Service Company who boarded the USS Seawolf were specially trained in jungle survival and jungle warfare skills in Australia. They were using the US Navy Submarine base as their departure point for insertion into the Philippines via submarine.
The 978th Signal Services Company was created to handle secret underground radio communication with the Philippines. It functioned as the net control station for all the Philippine traffic, operating both the radio station and message center, and sent secret “Mission Men” into the islands mainly to build and operate radio stations through which military intelligence would be sent into the islands prior to the invasions. In essence they were a version of the OSS but handled entirely within the Army.